Picture of the Week: AVweb's Flying Photography Showcase

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Each week, we go through dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to share with you on Thursday mornings. The top photos are featured on AVweb's home page, and one photo that stands above the others is awarded an AVweb baseball cap as our "Picture of the Week." Want to see your photo on AVweb.com? Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.


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copyright Reames Photography
Used with permission of Kasi Reames

Terminal Sunset

We love a photo that can stir up multiple reactions, and this week's top shot, from Kasi Reames of Aurora, Illinois, does just that. By turns warm, isolated, eerie, and radiant, we're settling on the singular adjective evocative to label Kasi's photo taken at a Southwest Airlines waiting room at Kansas City International Airport.

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Used with permission of Timothy O'Connor

So That's Why I Got the "Ruff Weather" Report from Unicom!

God bless Timothy O'Connor of Batavia, Ohio. In addition to sending us awesome photos from his airplane adventures, he loves a bad pun almost as much as we do.

Since Mr. O'C raved about it in his comments, we'd be remiss if we didn't point out that the setting here is Decatur FBO at Pryor Field Regional Airport in Illinois. Apparently they've got some radio-controlled helicopter action to help pass the time while you wait ... .

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copyright Jim Bryant
Used with permission

Fry's Photo Pass

Yep, that's the Fry's Electronics 747SP leading a formation of the Patriots Jet Demonstration Team at this month's Miramar Air Show. Jim Bryant of Los Angeles, California caught the shot (and supplies us with a new desktop wallpaper image here at "POTW" world headquarters).

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Used with permission of Gregory B. Palmer

That's One Way to Conserve Fuel ...

Gregory B. Palmer of Palatine, Illinois writes:

With the cost of aviation fuel being sky high, one of my favorite pastimes is flying sailplanes. Here is a picture taken from a Blanik L-23 glider over Northern Illinois October 18. ... Notice that the VSI indicates a rate of climb at over 400 FPM without the aid of an engine. Several flights over three hours in length were made this day. It was one of the most perfect fall soaring days I can recall.

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Used with permission of David Murphy

Great First Flight!

We got more "first flight" photos than usual this week and it was a pleasant surprise! (Aviation outreach has been on our mind lately.) This one comes from David Murphy of Boylston, Massachusetts, who writes:

This kiddo's dream is to be an Alaskan Bush Pilot. When I was asked if I would take him for his first GA flight, I jumped at the chance.

Thumbs-up back to you, guys!

You, uh, did tell him to sign up for all those great, no-cost AVweb newsletters, right, David?

Want to see more reader-submitted photos? O.K., we guess you've got some time before those reports are due, so we'll help you goof off a little longer. Cruise on over to AVweb's home page and scroll down to the slideshow to see all the "POTW" entries we couldn't squeeze in here.

Click here to submit your own photos to "POTW."

A quick note for submitters: If you've got several photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit them one-a-week! That gives your photos a greater chance of seeing print on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier on us, too. ;)

A Reminder About Copyrights:
Please take a moment to consider the source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest. If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed authorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you're uncertain, consult the POTW Rules or or send us an e-mail.